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Why Some Conflicts Are Ignored
Shane Leavy - 6/1/2010
People tend to think Palestine matters. Irish nationalists paint Palestinian flags onto street murals in Belfast. Spanish school children send the Israeli embassy letters demanding an end to ‘murders’ in Palestine. People with no personal connection to Palestine care deeply about events there.
UN Gives an Award Named After a Murdered Man to One of His Murderer's Best Friends
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/23/2010
If you want a good example of the ridiculous, shameful ironies in the terrible era we're living in here it is. The UN-Habitat organization, part of the United Nations, has initiated a Rafik Hariri Memorial Award. The award is named after the former Lebanese prime minister who was assassinated by Syria in February 2005.
UN Charter: “To maintain international peace and security”
Ted Belman - 12/23/2009
A movement is afoot to get the UN to predetermine borders between Israel and the future 23rd Arab state and to recognize “East Jerusalem” as its capital. Such predetermination would be in violation of the Roadmap which calls for a negotiated solution where “negotiated” implies freedom to say “no”. And such predetermination would prejudge the outcome which the world never tires of telling Israel, no one can do.
No Big News from G20 Summit
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/12/2009
The enhanced status for the G20 and new national policy audits announced in Pittsburgh are hardly the great progress being proclaimed by government officials.
Message to the U.N. - Defend Democracy Not Dictators
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 10/12/2009
As President Obama was addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations, just before Libya's dictator Moammar Kadhafi called for the demise of the Security Council and followed later by Ahmedinijad's challenge of international law as we know it, my conclusion has become clear: Indeed the United Nations must reform, and significantly, and here is why:
The UN investigation scam
Iqbal Latif - 7/16/2008
Will someone now apologize that the pretext on which the Pakistani FM Shah Ahmad Qureshi is demanding UN investigation is not on the suspicion of a domestic cover up but a greater intrigue of an intra-national scale? I owe this article to the soul of BB; the shameless accusation of her death through a nonexistent bullet that was never the case (Scotland Yard), and the crime scene being washed by overeager foolish police diluted the emphasis on the main culprit and effectively put Pakistanis on a collision course with their own selves.
Cotler attacks the United Nations
Ted Belman - 5/14/2008
Recently I reported on a speech by Michael Ignatieff under the title Ignatieff in the lion’s den and also posted Ignatieff’s non-apology by my friend Rochelle Wilner. Ignatieff had come to the Jewish community to apologize for accusing Israel of war crimes. Unfortunate he kept stressing the need for Israel to abide by international human rights law and the Geneva Convention. Irwin Cotler was in the room.
Regulating the Global Commons – Part II
Michael Richardson - 3/30/2008
Those who care about global climate change should pause before buying imported goods or flying abroad for a holiday, or so many environmental activists urge. Ships and planes are the backbone of international trade and travel, yet largely evade political scrutiny as sources of harmful air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Regulating the Global Commons
Prof. Scott Barrett - 3/28/2008
Fish stocks are being depleted the world over, and the reason is simple: International law has given fishermen incentives to catch fish, not to conserve them.
Terror Front Organization Recognized by the UN
Alastair Reynard - 3/18/2008
Confirming long-standing links between the UN and the Tamil Terrorists, the UN has accorded the voluntary organization status for terror-org Tamil Centre for Human Rights. Who will investigate the UN and its terror links? When will the UN wake up and stop supporting terrorists?
Failed States Index 2007 - Sudan Tops The List
Iqbal Latif - 7/12/2007
There are 177 states included in the 2007 index, compared to 148 in 2006 and 75 in 2005. A small handful of countries were not included because of a lack of data. The Fund for Peace used its Conflict Assessment System Tool (CAST), an original methodology it has developed and tested over the past decade. CAST is a flexible model that has the capability to employ a four-step trend-line analysis, consisting of (1) rating 12 social, economic, and political/military indicators; (2) assessing the capabilities of five core state institutions considered essential for sustaining security; (3) identifyi...
A Bit of World Governing
Iqbal Latif - 6/18/2007
Because there are no borders in the sky, national policies must fall by the wayside when it comes to environmental issues. As it becomes increasingly clear that each nation's decisions affect the rest of the world, the question arises as to whether a world government is in fact necessary, a government that has the power to decide for everyone.
Assessing the UN’s Policies and Approaches
Saberi Roy - 6/14/2007
Since replacing the League of Nations in 1945 and drawing up a United Nations Charter, the UN may have attained some goals but has obviously fallen short of expectations especially in areas of global peace and security. We can provide an account of what the UN could or should have done and what it has done in all these years delineating its successes and failures. There are several issues that the UN tackles and these relate to
It’s Time to Scuttle the Doha Round
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/28/2006
The Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations is in desperate straits. President Bush and his new trade chief, Susan Schwab, have made clear their determination to accomplish an agreement, and advocates of genuinely open trade should be frightened by that prospect.
The Sovereignty of Disease: Outbreaks of infectious disease demand rapid global response for monitoring and protection
Dr. David L. Heymann - 6/8/2006
Information about infectious disease outbreaks travels today at speeds and in ways not imagined just 30 years ago. Individual countries can no longer ignore the disease or hide reports.1 No recent infectious disease outbreak exemplifies this better than that of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003. 2 Detected by reports on the internet, the SARS outbreak demonstrated that the global community has assumed the role of reporting infectious diseases that threaten to spread internationally, aided by the ease and power of electronic communication through the World Wide Web. The glob...
UN Reform for the Rest of Us: An Agenda for Grassroots Accountability
Michael Kagan, Esq. - 4/20/2006
This month, the United Nations fundamentally restructured the way it supervises and promotes human rights around the world. But to understand what the UN has and has not done on the reform front over the past year, let me begin with a story I heard along the Sudanese border in Uganda a few years ago.
World Water Forum Not the Place to Solve Global Water Crisis
Laura Carlsen - 4/2/2006
Water flooded Mexico City the week of March 16-22, causing major traffic jams, provoking street confrontations, and filling the pages of local and international newspapers. Yet nothing got wet.
The Dark Clouds of NATO
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 1/2/2006
Appendix 7.3 to the "Assessment of Environmental Impact of Military Activities During the Yugoslavia Conflict - Preliminary Findings, June 1999" contains a list of 105 "Industrial Targets in Yugoslavia before June 5, 1999". Item 28 reads:
The missing third leg of UN accountability
Michael Kagan, Esq. - 6/30/2005
As the debate over reforming the United Nations rages, reformers talk about accountability when they’re worried about money. But no one is talking about how to make UN agencies accountable to the actual people they are supposed to serve. That’s why the moment has come for human rights advocates to join the campaign for UN reform.
The Disunited Nations
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/12/2005
In March 2005, an increasingly isolationist United States appointed an outspoken critic of the United Nations, John Bolton, to serve as its Ambassador there. Less than two years earlier, Arab nations tabled a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly condemning the U.S.-British led "invasion" and "occupation" of Iraq and calling for immediate troop withdrawal. A similar effort at the Security Council failed, doomed by the veto powers of both alleged aggressors. This did endear the organization to the Bush administration whose hawks regard it as a superfluous leftover from the Cold War era.